Help to heal hospital

CALLS for an urgent upgrade of Canterbury Hospital have stepped up a gear with residents now being asked to sign a petition calling for its redevelopment.

The petition was launched at Canterbury Hospital by State MPs Sophie Cotsis, Jihad Dib and Jo Haylen, Health Services Union official Adam Hall, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association organiser Mark Murphy and healthcare staff from the hospital, and calls for the NSW Government to redevelop Canterbury Hospital.
They say the upgrade could create hundreds of jobs and new long-term job opportunities in fields including medicine, healthcare, science and technology.
Ms Cotsis said the hospital should be upgraded to meet the needs of the Canterbury area’s growing population.
She said that with the NSW Government’s housing policies showing the population of the area is forecast to grow by almost 40 percent over the next 10 years, “we need to invest in Canterbury Hospital now to ensure it is ready for the future”.
“Our population is one of the most diverse in Australia,” she said.
“Around 80 per cent of people in the Canterbury area have at least one parent who was born overseas – and our population continues to grow.
“Not only will a redevelopment mean more medical resources and facilities at Canterbury Hospital, but with Covid-19 and a looming recession, jobs will be created for the short and long term.”
Ms Haylen said the upgrading Canterbury Hospital would create jobs and stimulate the local economy.
“Many families and small businesses are struggling due to the economic disruption caused by Covid-19 and upgrading Canterbury Hospital could create opportunities for local tradespeople and hundreds of jobs during the construction phase,” she said.
To receive a copy of the petition, call Ms Cotsis’ office on 9718 1234.